[Book Review] Mexican Gothic – Silvia Moreno-Garcia // all the best things about classic gothic horror

Listen. I have been dying to get my hands on diverse horror. I absolutely love the gothic horror genre – Dracula, Frankenstein, Carmilla, The Haunting of Hill House, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – I’ve read them all, and adored every last one.

However, most of the horror books I’ve seen out there, from the classics to the more modern offerings, haven’t been as diverse as I’d like them to be. Enter Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s latest book. I was intrigued both by the cover and the premise of a 1950s gothic horror set in Mexico, and was overjoyed when my request for an ARC was granted.

I buddy read this book with Krisha, Lili, and Whitney and was absolutely not disappointed. Read on to find out what I loved about this book!

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[Book Review] The Obsidian Tower – Melissa Caruso // political intrigue and necromancy

I’m honestly really appalled at myself that I’ve never read a Melissa Caruso book before. I requested The Obsidian Tower from NetGalley on a whim, buddy read it with Lili @ Utopia State of Mind, and absolutely ended up loving it! And now tbh I’m determined to read the rest of her books as well.

Not only is this book chock-full of amazing magic systems and political intrigue, it’s also got tons of casual queer rep. So if you’re looking to add more queer reads to your TBR for Pride Month, read on!

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[Book Review] Steel Crow Saga – Paul Krueger // fantasy post-WWII discussions of colonialism, forgiveness, and love of country

ETA 20 June 2020:

Following the allegations against Paul Krueger, I am rescinding my support of Steel Crow Saga and the rest of Paul’s books. I believe victims of harassment always, even if the harasser is someone I looked up to and deeply admired.

I have never subscribed to the belief that art can be separated from the artist, and I would be the worst kind of hypocrite if I don’t hold myself and my heroes to that same standard. I urge the rest of Steel Crow Saga fans to consider the courage people needed to muster to come forward, and to retract their support as well.

To the victims, I am deeply sorry for all that you have experienced, and I am also sorry if my outspoken support for Paul resurrected any pain, fear, discomfort, or trauma. I sincerely pray for light and healing for all of you.

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A couple of months ago, I was applying for a senior manager position in another company. The head honcho who would be my direct supervisor if I got the job asked me what I looked to do in my spare time. I said that I liked to read, so she asked me what I was currently reading. At the time, I was participating in #SteelCrowReadathon by Shealea, so I said I was reading that. The director asked me what it was about – and that’s how I ended up spending fifteen minutes of a job interview gushing about a book.

(I got the job, by the way.)

Read on to find out what I loved about this amazing five-star read!

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[Book Review] The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics – Olivia Waite // a sexy and scientific foray into history

Quite often, it turns out my random, on-a-whim purchases turn out to be some of my absolute favourite reads. I’d been seeing The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics on Twitter for quite some time – and I know so much of the f/f fan brigade absolutely adored it – but I didn’t actually buy it until the e-book went on sale a few weeks ago.

Once I delved into this book, I immediately understood the hype. The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics has got so much going for it, and I’m honestly kicking myself a little bit for not reading it earlier.

Want to find out why I adored this f/f historical romance so much? Read on!

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[Book Review] Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia // a hauntingly familiar coming-of-age and noir blend

I’ll be honest. The only reason I requested this book is because of the shark on the cover. 😅 However, I ended up absolutely loving it! (Not to mention completely and totally falling for Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s writing. Am I off to get more of her books now? I can neither confirm nor deny.)

I used to tell people that I wasn’t really interested in literary fiction. Turns out, I’m just uninterested in literary fiction written by and featuring cishet white men.

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Curious about Untamed Shores by Silvia Moreno-Garcia? Read on to find out what I thought!

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[Book Review] Spellhacker by M.K. England // science, fantasy, and anti-capitalism

It’s pretty common knowledge that I positively adored The Disasters, M.K. England’s debut novel. (Read my review here, or watch my Best of 2019: Backlist Edition video here.) So when M.K. approached me wondering if I’d do a small book tour to promote the international pre-order campaign, I jumped at the chance!

I already found myself into the idea of Spellhacker – mixing fantasy elements like magic with sci-fi technology is a thing that will never, ever get old – but then I found out that this book also had elements of anti-capitalism? Sign me up.

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[Book Review] Fireborne by Rosaria Munda // Plato’s Republic as a fantasy book

Hey everyone! Can we all get a big hell yeah for my first book review of 2020?

This book was actually a leftover from 2019. I’d started reading it – like a massive idiot – the last week of December, when I knew I’d be busy with New Year’s Eve preparations. As a result, I entered 2020 with an unfinished book. 😅

Still, I’m thankful I did, because it ended up also being my first five-star of the year! Now read on to find out what I enjoyed so much about this book.

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[Book Review] The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso // a portrait of the Filipino woman

Listen. If you don’t know by now how hard I ball for Filipino authors – well then, allow me to take the time to welcome you to my blog, because you’re definitely new around these parts if you don’t know that about me!

I’ve been a long-time fan and supporter of Kay’s, and when I heard that her novel The Wolf of Oren-Yaro was going to be published, I was ecstatic. Not only because it’s a magnificent, unapologetically Filipino-coded high fantasy, but also because my dream publisher and favourite industry bookish people of all time, Orbit, was the pioneer that decided to take a chance on this novel. Naturally, when Shealea (whose blog is temporarily down while she makes some improvements!) announced the #HailTheBitchQueen tour, I knew I had to sign up.

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Despite my hellish work schedule (which you already know all about if you follow me and my rantings on Twitter, lol) and the intimidating page count (496, y’all!), I just knew I had to sign up. And I absolutely didn’t regret it one bit.

Read on to find out why!

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[Book Review] The Never-Tilting World – Rin Chupeco // steampunk fantasy about climate change (!!!)

It really is no secret that Rin Chupeco is one of my favourite authors of all time. Her books at some core always feature an angry girl discontented with the status quo, and her efforts to bring about change.

The Never-Tilting World is almost exactly the same. Why do I say almost? Because this magnificent gem of a book, the first of a duology, features not just one angry girl, but two. Not to mention the people that love them, and all the trials and tribulations they’re willing to undergo for their sakes.

Read on to find out just what I loved about The Never-Tilting World, and why this steampunk fantasy about climate change should be your next read!

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